Random Box By Scott Walpole Arcadian 2, no. 2 (Dec. 22, 1979): 17.
Random Box, by Scott Walpole, is a video art program that appeared in the December 1979 issue of the Arcadian newsletter along with three other short programs by Scott: a game called Number Match and two music programs, Hello, Dolly and Popeye the Sailor. The Arcadian has no instructions or comments for Random Box. The program simply draws random-sized boxes on the screen and the colors periodically change.
0:00 - Random Box Titles and Overview 1:20 - Random Box Running 4:09 - Random Box BASIC Listing 4:21 - End Credits
Random Box is eight lines of BASIC code. These are the types of programs that any BASIC fan could type into the computer in just a few minutes and get results very quickly. The beauty of BASIC on the Astrocade is that it had built-in graphic commands, such a LINE and BOX. These commands were not available in other common BASIC languages of the era, such as Microsoft BASIC. These graphic commands allowed programmers, and non-programmers alike, to experiment and create images on the screen that would be more difficult to do on other computers, let alone on other game consoles! You don't see programs like this one on the Atari VCS or the Intellivision.